DALLAS, Mar 19, 2009 / FW/ — When Kimberly Newport-Mimran started Pink Tartan in 2002, her design philosophy was simple: ‘a quality collection that blended sophisticated fashion with feminine details.’
Little did she know that her idea would become a Canadian fashion explosion that in 3 years since its inception, the brand was already being sold nationwide, both in Canada and the U.S., and carried by Saks Fifth Avenue (New York, NY), Bloomingdale’s, Neiman Marcus (Dallas, Houston, TX), Tootsies (Houston, TX), Julian Gold- (San Antonio, TX), Harem & Company (Springfield, MO), Faye’s (Mequon & Brookfield, WI), Leigh’s (Grand Rapid’s, MI), plus a plethora of specialty boutiques.
A fashion veteran who started her career in retail at age fourteen, she has worked in many capacities including buying, product development, merchandising and most passionately, design. A native of Niagara, Ontario, Canada, she studied fashion merchandising and manufacturing at George Brown College in Toronto.
Inspired by her fashion-loving grandmother, she was always quick to adopt trends early-on. Her designs are elegant and sophisticated with a charm that gives them modern wearability. As a contemporary woman with impeccable style, she always wanted to design beautifully-made, practical clothes that can take women from day to dinner.
“I take a simple approach- If it fits me and makes me feel good, and then I know my customer will love it too,” explained Kimberly Newport-Mimran about her design philosophy.
While ready-to-wear will always be Kimberly’s first love, the Canadian-born designer had also signed her name on uniforms. Newport-Mimran designed the uniforms for the boutique luxury airline Porter Airlines, and for hip hotels including the rooftop at 60 Thompson and the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel’s Tropicana bar.
Kim Catrall, Jenny McCarthy, Vanessa Williams, Maggie Gyllenhaal and Kate Hudson are among Pink Tartan’s celebrity clientele.